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First final for Cristiano

Cristiano Ronaldo en el entrenamiento de Portugal

Portugal has not experienced a World Cup this century from the sofa at home. His last absence is France 1998 and, since then, he has not missed the appointment. Reaching Qatar in 2022 is now presented to them as a challenge that to overcome it has the obstacles of Ireland and Serbia. Luckily for them, their position after winning five games and only drawing one is very advantageous. The first place awaits you with only one point less and one more game to play.. The accounts are simple and depend on themselves: win on Sunday against Serbia. Even the draw would also serve them as long as they score today (follow the game live on As.com).

Therefore, this trip to Ireland has to serve as an official training for the grand final on Sunday. This is the reason why Fernando Santos will not have Bernardo Silva tonight: “He arrived complaining, very tired. They have played many games. But he is recovering well and we hope he can play against Serbia. In Ireland he does not have the best conditions to continue the treatment and we opted to leave him in Portugal. “However, and although the coach is aware of the mathematics, Danilo stated that “He has transmitted that there are two finals to win and that Portugal does not play to draw”.

Something that the Portuguese team must take care of is not suffering any sanction in the face of Sunday’s life or death match. He has such important warnings as Cancelo, Rúben Dias, Fonte, Palhinha, Renato Sanches and Diogo Jota.

Individually, Portugal clings to Cristiano Ronaldo. United’s 7 have scored in eight of the last nine games who has played with the national team (the only one in which I did not celebrate a goal was in the round of 16 of Euro 2020).

Escaping the dreaded play-off is more important than ever considering that this time it is played in a single match and with semifinals and final, which makes it even more dangerous. Today he will face Ireland, a team that has no options to fight even for second place but that he will not put a red carpet for the boys of Fernando Santos. Winning in Dublin is not easy and Serbia can attest to that, as it is the only match, together with the first leg they had with Portugal, that Serbia have not been able to win in this qualifying round. Dublin hosts a great game.

IRELAND: Bazunu, Coleman, Duffy, Egan; Doherty, Hendrick, Cullen, Molumby, McClean; Browne; and Robinson.

PORTUGAL: Rui Patrício; Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Cancelo; Fernandes, Danilo, Moutinho; João Félix, Cristiano and Jota.

REFEREE: Gil Manzano (Spain).

STADIUM: Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

HOUR: 20:45.

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